Douglas Adams introduced the magical concept of a ‘Babel fish’ in his legendary novel The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979). The following paragraph, for those of you not in the know, is an explanation of what a Babel fish is, taken directly from his wonderful book:
I used to work for a large and incredibly busy organisation where I got on well with my colleagues. Well, except for one. Whenever I was in a meeting with this person, they were rude and angry and always keen to pick holes in others for the most trivial things, and I’d find myself feeling irritated and negative and annoyed with an overwhelming urge to throw pens at their head.